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What Parts Do You Need for a Full Suspension Replacement?

What Parts Do You Need for a Full Suspension Replacement?Often you will not need to replace your entire suspension when you are repairing it, but it is good to know what is all involved so that you can make the best decision as to what needs to be replaced. When you are making that decision, make sure that you inspect all parts for excessive wear and damage so that you can make the proper decision. There is no sense replacing your leaf springs if you are going to use rusty U Bolts that will soon break.

Leaf Springs: The Backbone of the Suspension

The main part of any suspension system is the leaf spring . These sturdy pieces of spring steel provide the ability of your suspension to move with the bumps in the road so that the energy is not transferred from the wheels to the chassis, which provides a smooth ride. Each leaf spring is made from several individual pieces of spring steel, often 4 or 5 leaves, that work together to absorb the impacts that you encounter while out on the road.

Shackles, Hangers and Bolts: Key Pieces to Attach the Leaf Springs

Different vehicle models require different hardware to attach the leaf springs, so make sure that you choose the shackles, hangers and bolts that are right for your car or truck. It is often worthwhile to replace these small parts when you are replacing your leaf springs as they are relatively low cost, and using new hardware is easier to manage when doing the assembly.

U Bolts: Make sure you get the Right Connectors

U Bolts are used to firmly hold your leaf springs to your axle, but not just any U Bolt will fit all vehicle models. In general, there are three different shapes for U Bolts: round, square and semi-round, so you need to make sure you not only get the right size for your vehicle, but also the right type of U Bolt for your leaf spring attachment. If you are not sure what to choose, the team at General Spring can help you to make the right decision for your car or truck.

Coil Springs: A Necessity on Certain Vehicles

Many vehicles will only require leaf springs to provide all of the shock absorption, but some heavier duty trucks will also have that work with the leaf springs to take the heavier impacts that come from larger loads. Some vehicles also have shock absorbers to assist in load distribution, so make sure you know what your car or truck needs when you begin to look into upgrading or replacing your suspension.

General Spring: Your Source for Suspension Equipment

General Spring has been an automotive leaf spring and suspension authority since 1965, and in this time our dedicated team has learned the intricacies of how a suspension works inside and out. In fact, the people who answer the phone when you call are the same technicians who work to replace suspension systems in our full service shop every day. Because of this expertise you can be confident that when you work with our experienced suspension experts, you’ll find the perfect parts for your unique needs.

If you are local to New Century, KS call us at 913-829-0619, and national customers can call us toll free at 1-888-829-0619. When you need to perform a suspension replacement we stand ready to help.